Were you injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If your life has been affected by illness or injury, Quittance Legal Services are here to help.

What sort of injuries can I claim for?

Every year, we help injured people in Chard, Somerset and across the UK get compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or whether a child was injured.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in Chard

Drivers and other road users can claim compensation if they have been hurt on Chard's roads because of another party's actions.

Whether you were hurt in a collision, or have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident on Chard's roads, our expert guide sets out how to start a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in Chard

If you?ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.

Whatever your job, whether you fractured a bone or have been exposed to toxic chemicals, our work injury claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful claim.

Work accident claims

Other claim types

Accidents in a public place

Recorded figures emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident in the Somerset workplace. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or an electrocution accident. Public place (South Somerset local authority) accident claims injuries like sprained arms occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent falls having happened on Goose Lane and on Church Green Rd.

Public place accident claims

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, the panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than injury compensation. To raise a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Medical negligence claims

More claim types

The long-term effect of serious and catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by Courts when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

Compensation will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of specialist lawyers work with insurance companies, the defendant's representatives and doctors and health professionals to make sure claimants affected by serious accidents get the support they need. Injury and illness held to be serious include paralysis, major surgical negligence and hydrocarbon poisoning.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Other types of claim

Chard No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, Chard injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Chard, Somerset and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Why Quittance Legal Services?

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

Have you handled many Chard claims?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Chard, Somerset and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants in Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained at work and pedestrian accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

Check Chard solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Online reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which lawyer to work with.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Chard?

You do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

What are the road accident statistics in Chard

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Chard are quite common with statistics showing 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623.

Quittance's panel of expert no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in securing optimum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a road accident in Chard.

What are the Chard work accident statistics?

The most recent 2019 work injury data in the South Somerset Local Authority (2013/14) are detailed under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Saftey Executive as follows:

Workplace accidents in South Somerset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)Reported Injuries
Other21
Electric shock injury0
Contact with machinery11
Fire related0
Harmful substance related3
Fall from height23
Animal related (e.g. livestock)0
Lifting and handling injuries63
Physical assault7
Slip or trip47
Struck against11
Struck by moving vehicle4
Struck by object20
Trapped underneath something0

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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